2010 Jordan’s tourism revenues increase 26%

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AMMAN – Jordan’s tourism revenues in the first seven months this year hit 1.414 billion Jordanian dinars ( about 2 billion U.S. dollars), up 26 percent from the same period last year, official figures showed Saturday.

The number of visitors during the January-July period rose by 23 percent to reach 4.8 million, compared to 3.9 million in the same period of 2009, according to the figures from Jordan’s Tourism Ministry.

Statistics showed the Arab kingdom received about 2.7 million overnight tourists in the first seven months, compared to about 1. 8 million visitors in the same period of last year.

About 2.1 million same-day tourists visited the country in the first seven months, a 17 percent year-on-year increase.

Tourism revenue is an important part of income of Jordan, which boasts many famous tourist sites, such as the rose-red city of Petra, the dead sea, Mount Nebo, Jerash, Madaba and Wadi Rum.